Thursday, February 27, 2014

Love - Estée Lauder Pure Color Instant Intense EyeShadow Trio - Beach Metals (07)

Mid-January I was wondering what eye shadows to take with me on my beach vacation in February. I didn’t want to pack a lot as I knew I wouldn’t use most, but I also knew I’d use something; and while I could have found what I needed in my collection… I used the vacation an excuse to buy a small EL palette.
EL eye shadows are my personal favourite for quality and colour payoff. If I could have only one brand for my eyes, I think this would be it. Online browsing had me undecided between 2 trio sets: Gilded Chocolates and Beach Metals. A visit to Sephora helped the decision making process.
While I loved the colours in Gilded Chocolates, I also felt they would be more suited for Christmas (it must be the gold); and when I swatched Beach Metals, I thought “perfection”, and fell in love. I’ve been pretty much obsessed with it since, and worn it daily on my vacay.
As I said before EL formula is hard to beat; especially with these metals. The shadows are very finely milled and soft. More importantly the colours in this set are supremely gorgeous. They blend easily and seamlessly together. You do not have to wear all 3 together for a perfect eye, although the trio is a perfect 10, and comes with a little application guide :)
These "metals" are very day appropriate, with just enough shimmer to add brightness to your face, and make your eyes sparkle. On top of my NARS eye primer, the shadows last without any creasing or fading until I decide to cleanse my face at the end of the day.
Once we got back to sub-zero Toronto, I once again reached for the comfort of darker and more muted shadows. But I think of Beach Metals daily, and I’m looking forward to summer, and making this trio my daily staple once again. I wouldn’t be against another Cuba trip either :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dior Addict Lip Glow - Coral (004)

As you may or may not know, when Dior released its 2014 spring makeup collection, there were only two items I really wanted: the blush, and the Coral lip balm.
Blush reviewed and swatched here was an instant love. Lip balm is a luke-warm like at the most. Let me explain.
When I first saw the stock photos, I wasn’t instantly drawn to it the way I was to the blush, but I was curious. It remind me strongly of Givenchy’s lip balm (obsessed with it), except it is packaged in a tube not a pot. Like Givenchy there are two colours Rose and Coral (Givenchy - Peach). Dior’s Rose has been available for a while (not sure if it’s still is, not interested in it), and Coral has been recently released and is labeled as “limited edition”. Like Givenchy lip balms the sticker price is eye watering at $34… but I just wanted to know if it just as luxe.
Well it isn’t… not for me. Packaging is lovely, and preferable to Givenchy’s (especially on the go), but the product isn’t.
First Dior’s lip balm has a scent. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I don’t mind the vanilla???? Is that it???
Two it has a light minty tingling… I’m not wowed but, once again it’s not a deal breaker.
Three it is a labeled as “lip balm”, so the very sheer colour payoff was expected, it doesn’t not make my pout special… the effect is a barely there “your lips, but better”… hint of pigment, a tiny hint. Swatches show more colour than your lips will.
Four, I’m not a fan of the texture. In one word “waxy”. It feels thick upon application. My lips don’t feel conditioned or moisturized just varnished. This I did not expect and do not like.
And so, I have no love for this Dior creation. I don’t hate it, but I do wish I paid at least $14 less for it. Currently it sits on my bathroom shelf, and I make an effort to apply it daily… use it up… and then forget it.

Finally, I have to point out that majority of reviewers out there love this Dior balm, and feel price is justified… so there you go…

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Love - YSL Gloss Volupte - Terriblement Fuchsia (49)

My husband surprised me with this little treat a couple of weeks ago (before I went on my vacation). He didn't say it, but it felt like an early Valentine's Day gift (a holiday we, or rather I don't care for much or celebrate). However I did not mind receiving a tube of this YSL gloss, not at all :)

The packaging is gorgeous, simply gorgeous. From the gold cap, to the silver YSL embossed band, to the gorgeous fuchsia colour of the product. If there is one thing YSL does right, it's the lip product packaging, style, feel, proportion... it's all perfection.
If you happen to see stock photos of this product, the applicator is adorably shaped as a pair of lips (see example here). But if you own one of these, your applicator, like mine, only sort of resembles a pair of lips :) Despite the difference between the advertisement and reality, I declare this is to be the best gloss applicator I've ever used. The middle grabs and deposits more color, while the tip allows for easy definition and even application. Brilliant.
The gloss itself is almost beyond description. I don't know if it's the applicator or the product or the combination of both, but upon first contact with my lips, my knees went soft and I was in love. The sensation was beyond description. I've never had a reaction like that to gloss before.
One, the first word that popped into my head, once I got my knees under control is "soft"... this gloss is cashmere for your lips.
Two, it smells amazing... like YSL's sheer candy lip balms, if you ever had the pleasure.
Three it's weightless and non-sticky. You won't feel this on your pucker at all.
There are 24 different shades in this collection, and I am in possession of Terriblement Fuchsia (49). A gorgeous bright pink with very fine shimmer throughout. Beautifully pigmented, it is fun, happy, and perfect for spring.
I've been very attached to this gloss since the day I got it... currently perusing the other 23 shades... dreaming of owning at least 1 more :)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Omorovicza Cleansing Foam

Ok, whatever my stomach was going through, it has passed... whew... it was ugly. Now getting back into the bloggin grove. 

As I was nearing the end of my Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip cleanser I seriously contemplated repurchasing; the product is fantastic, the packaging drives me nuts. Before I dolled out the money for something that didn't live up to my expectations 100% I decided to splurge on an even more expensive cleanser with great reviews. I felt justified in my splurge once I received a $20 coupon in my inbox from Sephora and have celebrated getting a year older.

The cleanser with they serious sticker price is Omorovicza Cleansing Foam. Love the packaging; the wide upside down squeeze tube is right up my alley in convenience and practicality.

This is a Hungarian line with a patent protected mineral delivery system called Mineral Cosmetology™. This company promises firmer, suppler and younger looking skin as their products are more easily absorbed by the epidermis and dermis. Well before I invest in a moisturizer I needed to test drive a cleanser.

This beautiful pale seafoam green is aerated (has been whipped) and has a great light texture. It easily foams up to remove makeup and impurities. Claims not to strip skin of moisture, regulate sebum, and detoxify with copper.

Doesn't all that sound wonderful? I just couldn't wait to start slapping this on my face.
I've been doing just that every evening for over a month and a half, and I have a couple of thoughts and observations.

First while I was so excited about the packaging, it's not the right kind for the texture of this cleanser. I would prefer this in a little jar. I feel the fact that it is aerated works to the benefit of the company (more buck for less product). It also sticks to the sides of the bottle, and sometimes when I squeeze all I get is an air fart. Conclusion: the product is so light, that even sitting upside down gravity can't pull it down... that's a bit of a pet peeve of mine. I'm not impressed.
The cleanser itself is very nice. Looks great, smells great, feels great. Post 1 minute Clarisonic scrub, my skin is clean and soft. And I would love to say that forking over $75 for something that goes down the drain doesn't make me bat an eye, but honestly just thinking of doing it gives me a tick.

So it was one of those things I had to give a try. It's lovely while it lasts, but I draw the line at $30... ok maybe $40 for a cleanser... and save ridiculous splurges for birthday celebrations.

By the way, the inside of the box is super pretty... but that shouldn't be a reason for purchase :)

UPDATE (2014-03-16)
So when I could no longer get any cleanser out, I was decided to cut the tube open, and see how much if any is left clinging to the sides.
Wow... that's a lot of product left behind. I scooped it out into an empty container, to prevent it from drying out... and came to a decision that unless my salary miraculously triples, chances are slim that I will justify another $75 cleanser... I'd rather waste my money on moisturizers and serums, products I feel deliver more lasting skin benefits.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

back but not up

Cuba was fantastic, but coming back to a city covered in snow wasn't that great.

Day after arrival, a stomach flu has knocked me on my butt, and I'm working on speedy recovery. Much better today... yesterday I was a hot mess.  I plan to be back to my blogging self by the end of the weekend.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hello lovelies. Up here in friendly (or not so friendly, depending on where you're from :)) Toronto, we’ve been having a true Canadian winter… snow storms, temperatures dropping to -40C (-40F), frost quakes, darkness by 5pm… and never enough layers when heading out. I will be taking a break from this winter paradise and trading it for a week of sun, surf, bikinis, cocktails, and lounging on the beach.

There won’t be much happening on this blog in that time… apologies.

Back to regular schedule, renewed and re-energized on the 19th, hopefully with a tan and not a sunburn :)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sandpipers Round II

So for the second time I found myself shopping for beachwear in winter… wow what a nightmare. My body is a dumpling… soft, carb filled, and pasty pale.

Also for the second time I ended up at Sandpipers (purchases made on my first visit 2 years ago can be found here).  The day before I went to Sandpipers, I tried to shop around, I tried stuff on… after 4 hours all I had was a headache, and disappointment in my physique.

Last Sunday post brunch, fuelled with mimosas, I headed back to Sandpipers… and chided myself for not going there first. I love this store, fantastic suit selection, fantastic sales help. They let you choose what you want, but if you’re willing, they’ll also bring you styles they think might suit you. They will not stop, until you say you had enough, you found the “one” or “two”, or you tired on everything in your size.  I took 6 suits with me into the change room, but I tried on 30. I must say that I am grateful to the SA for observing that the suit I loved from the front, was cut all wrong for my body in the back and gave me granny butt. That purchase if made would have been a big regret… honest helpful observations are always welcome.

At the end of my visit, I once again had two favourites. I was spent, but also very happy with my new acquisitions.

Although I must reference one amusing comment… last time, my husband said something very sweet… read here

This time… I walk out in my first suit… he looks at me… 
Husband: (silent pregnant pause)… hmmmmmmm are you sure you don’t want to get a base tan before you go???? 

No. No I don’t. I’m pale. I’m soft. Get used to it. :)

Suits I bought modelled by professionals… much easier on the eyes :)

 La Blanca French Dot One Piece Plunge Halter
Jetts by Jessika Allen Bandeau Swimsuit Whimsical Porcelain

Friday, February 7, 2014

Lush Green Bubbleroon Bubble Bar

I think I found my favorite Lush bath treat. I bought this out of curiosity one day, and repurchased a few times since.  This doesn't bubble up much... or at least a lot less than want I'm used to, but I can't help but I love this for two reasons:

1. The grogeous pale green color of my bath water.
2. The delicious fresh green scent of this bubble bar - thanks to orange and lime oils.

The two halves are stuck together with "extra virgin coconut jam" :) which softens and moisturizes the skin.

Now you can twist the two halves apart and have two baths for the price of one bubbleroon, but I'm just not that smart or budget conscious and I just want to saturate myself in this scent.

That's it, keeping this post pretty short... this is my current fave, and if your a Lushaholic, you'd probably already tried it and came to your own conclusions, and if you haven't well I think you should :)

Sunday, February 2, 2014